Warm greetings from Southeast Asia! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And Saul approved of their killing him… Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.” (Acts 8:1-3)
Saul, who later became known as the Apostle Paul, is one of the greatest, miraculous, conversions ever recorded in the Bible.
But, amazing conversions are happening today as scores… Read more
CFI has received word from a source in Bangladesh regarding the recent kidnapping of numerous children from the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The youth were taken from their parents with the promise that they would be sent away for missionary studies; however, it was later discovered that they were being held in various madrasas, Islamic religious schools, in Dhaka and Ganzipur. CFI’s source, a Bangladeshi-based human rights organization that has requested to remain unidentified, was able to rehabilitate 11 of the children who managed to escape from their captors.
The organization… Read more
CFI recently reported on a difficult situation involving the wife of Bakar, our co-worker in Bangladesh. Bakar’s wife had been suffering from chicken pox, and was in danger of losing their unborn child because of her illness.
We are pleased to report that she has completely recovered from chicken pox; however, doctors cannot confirm whether her recent illness has caused any damage to the baby’s health. Right now, all they can do is wait for further developments, or until the child is born, to learn whether there are any severe… Read more
CFI’s co-worker in Bangladesh, known fondly as Bakar, is requesting urgent prayer for his pregnant wife.
Last week, Bakar’s wife developed intense pain in her abdominal area and was subsequently taken to the hospital for examination. Although the doctor recommended that she remain hospitalized, unfortunately, she had no choice but to leave the facility because the family did not have adequate funds to pay for further treatment. She has also been diagnosed with chicken pox – a condition that is potentially dangerous for both mother and child.
Because of unexpected… Read more
“Cold Wave Disrupts Normal Life All Over Country”
“Prices of Warm Clothes Shoot Up Due to Cold Wave”
“Cold Claims 8 in Northern Region”
These headlines are not from any newspaper in the United States…they have come from Bangladesh, and they are describing the latest crisis that will affect most of your Christian brothers and sisters there.
CFI’s co-worker in Bangladesh has recently informed us that the country’s weather forecast could potentially spell disaster for many, many people. For the past few weeks, a mid-level cold wave has swept throughout… Read more
CFI has many ways of disseminating timely news regarding the persecuted church: e-mail alerts, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. While these online methods have grown remarkably popular in recent years, our most effective news source continues to be our free newsletter. Each month, CFI’s newsletter contains reports of critical happenings in restrictive countries like Burma, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as updates on CFI projects that minister to persecuted believers. Filled with captivating photos and articles, each issue is designed to inform — and even inspire — thousands of CFI supporters… Read more
Nearly a third of the world’s population lives in countries where it is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private US research group reported on Tuesday. Most of these incidents occur against Christians, and it is getting worse.
The Pew Research Centre’s forum on religion and public life said government restrictions and public hostility involving religion grew in some of the most populous countries from mid-2006 to mid-2009.
The Pew Centre looked at laws or other government policies aimed to ban particular faiths, limit preaching, give preference to… Read more
CFI has received news from a Bangladeshi co-worker*, reporting that his home was recently broken into while his family was away, attending the funeral of his father’s wife. According to his account, all of the possessions in the home were stolen.
Like many other countries around the world, Bangladesh has become an increasingly dangerous place for Christians who are targeted for acts of violence and injustice, such as kidnapping, assault, and robbery. Although he and his family have suffered material loss, we are grateful that no one was harmed in… Read more
Blankets. Most of us own several of them — whether they’re fancy or plain, old or new. And most likely, we use them nearly every day in winter without a second thought.
But for many impoverished Christians who are struggling to survive in the midst of a brutal cold snap, a blanket can make a lifesaving difference.
CFI’s co-worker in Bangladesh has reported that many poor, converted believers are suffering from illness caused by frigid temperatures that has gripped the region in recent weeks. With so few resources like adequate… Read more
CFI recently received this heartbreaking report from an indigenous co-worker about the state of two house churches in Bangladesh…
“Greetings to you in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been getting letters from two of our pastors….They have been requesting prayers for them and their fellows. Rabinda is from Joypurhat district and Mukter is from Jamalpur district.
There are many families in this Muslim populated village [Jamalpur] who accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Most of these converted believers are daily laborers in the agricultural fields. Some of these families,… Read more